Police Solve 1990 Slayings Of Babysitter And Girl, 11

Last week, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement notified Cape Coral police that Zieler’s DNA had been matched to evidence recovered from the double-murder crime scene.

“It was so surreal when I got the phone call,” Christy Jo Ellis, the Cape Coral police chief investigator, said during Wednesday’s press conference. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

Zieler, now charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of sexual battery and one count of burglary, appeared Thursday in Lee County Court, where he was ordered held on $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 31.

According to The News-Press, Zieler, who was 28 years old in 1990, has a prior arrest record. Just two months after the double homicide, he was arrested for multiple crimes, including dealing in stolen property, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed firearm. He was reportedly convicted of the charges and served time behind bars.

Cornell told reporters on Wednesday that she had never met Zieler and doesn’t believe he was known to her daughter or to Story.

“If he never got in trouble, this case would never be solved,” she said Wednesday. “This is the beginning of the end … I want my daughter and my friend to finally rest in peace.”

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